The director of public health in Shropshire has joined with Whitchurch’s unitary councillors to call on residents to play their part in fighting Covid-19.

While Shropshire was placed in tier one of the government’s new three-tier system to combat the pandemic, Rachel Robinson admits a recent spate of cases in the town was worrying to all.

And with both Cheshires West and East – which neighbour Whitchurch – in tier two and lockdown restrictions in Wrexham, she is hoping people in town support efforts to slow the rate of infection.

“Shropshire is following the national trend when it comes to rising cases,” she said.

“It’s true that we have seen an increase in Whitchurch, but almost every area of Shropshire at the time of writing is experiencing a rise in cases, across all age groups.

“We understand and appreciate that local people may be concerned, and the authority’s Community Reassurance Team have been a visible presence in Whitchurch to offer guidance and advice.

“We also have a coronavirus mobile testing unit in Whitchurch. Testing is available for anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19, such as a high temperature, a new cough, or a change in sense of taste or smell, or thinks they may have the virus. All appointments must be pre-booked.

“All tests must be booked in advance. Residents can register by calling NHS Test and Trace on 119 or online at

“We will do everything we can to cut the rate of infections for as long as possible, but we will only succeed if everyone steps up and follows all of the measures designed to stop the spread.”

In a joint statement local Shropshire Councillors Paul Wynn, Peggy Mullock, Thomas Biggins and Gerald Dakin said: “Whitchurch is a resilient place – we look out for one another and our community always pulls together when faced with adversity. Businesses have also worked extremely hard to keep customers safe and excellent Covid-19-secure measures are in place.

“During the lockdown many of us turned to local providers who stepped into the breach to prevent shortages and to provide home deliveries. They provided a lifeline for many residents here in Whitchurch.

“We want life to continue as normal as possible and encourage residents and visitors alike, to continue to support our local shops and businesses.”

Meanwhile, in Malpas, Bethan Rose-Bailey, manager of the Lion pub, said they were waiting for definitive understanding of the tier system.

She added: “We are obviously just adhering to tier two so the fact we’re near Shropshire doesn’t change anything.”

“There’s no changes other than people eating inside have to be from the same household.

“But in terms of what we’re doing, we’re Covid-safe anyway.

“It is what it is, we’re operating the same way it will just be under slightly different circumstances.”